Friday, February 16, 2007

Free Form Comments

Anonymous personal attacks, random questions, suggestions, recommendations, thoughts, requests to be added to the blogroll, shameless self promotion, whatever: do it here.

For my part I want to thank womenincomics.blogspot.com. They sent a pretty good number of viewers over here this week, I think because on Monday's post I mentioned how great it was when Morrison had Logan and Scott sitting around while the women, more powerful than everyone else, did all the work.

42 comments:

James said...
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James said...

There's rarely music talk on this blog, so I say this: Annuals are amazing. I saw them live last night, and they proved to be amazinger.

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(The deleted post was me, I screwed up some html.)

Mitch said...

Self Promotion:

Here is my Off-Off Online review of a neat play called The Jaded Assassin. It's a fun romp through every kung-fu genre cliche imaginable. Geoff, I thought it might be something worth looking at for your Kill Bill Class.

Ultimate Matt said...

I guess I can continue to push my new blog at bigmattyj.blogspot.com. currently its loaded with stuff inspired by my brother and I and our continuing conversations about the non-existence of god, but I'll work more stuff in there. I put some comic reviews in there.

Anonymous said...

Spider-Man: Reign

"Is he strong? Listen, bub,
He's got radioactive -stuff?"

You know it's wrong.

Cheers from chilly Glasgow

Dougie

brad said...

Stephen Platt is doing a comic book illustration seminar at meltdown comics in LA on Feb 24th, 5-9PM. I loved this guy as a kid. He took the bulging muscles of 90s comics into the avant guard nether-region. AND he's one of the key Story Board artists on Iron Man the movie.

Pat Moler said...

I guess it's time for 10 questions. Everyone should answer, so we get to know eachother better...I guess. haha

1)Frank Miller or Alan Moore?

-Alan Moore

2)What's your favorite live action portrayal of a comicbook character?

-I'd have to say it's a 3 way tie with Ron Perlman's Hellboy, Tom Jane's Punisher, and Bale's BatMan

3)Best Robin?

-Tim Drake by far.

4) Best Flash?

-Wally West by Far

5)Regular marvel or Ultimate Marvel?

6)Favorite Movie(s)?

-That's a tough call, but I'd say RoboCop is my all time fav. Movie, and any movie based on Phillip K. Dick, and Of course Star Wars.

7)Favorite Sport(s)?

-Wrestling, MMA, Track & Field. I've never liked team sports much.

8)Favorite TV Shows(s)?

House MD, Arrested Development, Star Trek(all), family Guy, Futurama, the Simpsons.

9)Relationship status???(I'm things to ask)

-perpetually single.

10) Have you ever met an Evil Jew or openly gay man? because I never have, but aparently there are in abundance. haha

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Also I picked up some Bone Comics, by Jeff Smitth, that were printed in....COLOR!!!!! I almost had a heart attack it was amazing. can't wait to get all 9 in color.

brad said...

Oh and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6EPjnQEZWs

brad said...

Pat Moler: What does your 10th question mean? I know a lot of openly gay people. Are you implying that there are just as many evil jews?

Troy Wilson said...

1) Both.

2)Ian McKellan's Magneto.

3)Grayson will always be my Robin, because I grew up while he grew up.

4)All of them except Bart.

5)Both.

6)Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, Pan's Labyrinth, Adaptation, Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Incredibles, Show Me Love, Beavis and Butthead Do America, The Propostion, United 93, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and too many more to list.

7)To play or to watch? (Not that it matters, since I don't do much of either.)

8)The Larry Sanders Show, The Shield, The Wire, The Tick, Challenge of the Superfriends, The Sopranos, Sex and the City.

9)Single.

10)I've met plenty of openly gay men. Haven't met any Evil Jews.

Geoff Klock said...

Pat: 1) Miller never fell into nostalgia. Miller. 2) Yeah, McKellen as Magneto in the first two films 3, 4, 5) no opinion. 6) Kill Bill, Dark City, A Few Good Men, Spartan, Oceans 12 (Haven't we done this question already?). 7) I am not much of a sports guy. Oxford beats stupid Cambridge at rowing all the time. 8) Seinfeld, West Wing, Sports Night, Samurai Jack, Angel, Green Wing, Lost. 9)engaged (living together for more than 7 years) 10) wow. ok.

Geoff Klock said...

As an addendum to Pat's 10th question, let's all rattle off where we live and how old we are. The thing about the internet is: no context. Let's supply a little.

Astoria, NY (just outside of NYC), 27.

brad said...

Los Angeles, CA, 27

James said...

Pat: 1) I haven't read enough of either of their work to make a proper choice, but Moore based on Watchmen being better than any Miller (I've read). 2) Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in his X1 introduction looked and felt like a moving comic book to me. 3) I like Dick as Nightwing so Tim Drake. 4) Michael Rosenbaum. 5) 616 (I love saying 616 because it is nerdy). 6) They're on my blogger profile. Recent favourites were Brick, The Squid and the Whale, The Prestige, Little Miss Sunshine and The Fountain. 7) Civil War. 8) Brass Eye, Deadwood, Firefly, Justice League Unlimited, The Office (UK), Scrubs, Spaced, Undeclared. 9) In a relationship.
DECODING QUESTION 10:
I think Pat means he has never met any Jewish or openly gay people that were evil, yet many believe that being Jewish or openly gay makes one so. Probably redundant and certainly badly phrased, but innocent enough.

London, UK, 24.

sara d. reiss said...

I'll start with the stats:
27, and a prize to anyone who guesses correctly where I live

as for... 10) geeze, pat, it's obvious you don't live on either coast, where the cities are crawling with evil jewish queens who will pounce on you, force you to listen to streisand, drink cosmos, and circumsize your willy.

seriously tho, as offended as I could be by your quetion, it's really the little "ha ha" at the end that I find most disgusting. It seems at least once a week you post something about homosexuality or religion, and try to make it sound cavalier when it isn't. I'm sorry if your priest or coach touched you, or if they didn't and you wanted them to, but find somewhere else to work out your issues.

maybe I shouldn't take it where I just did, but I got tired of you trotting this pony out and now tacking anti-semtism to it. Please be aware, I speak only for myself and not for G.

sara d. reiss said...
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sara d. reiss said...

addendum: it ocurred to me that I should do as Dan Savage does and make this disclaimer:

Child molestation is a horrible horrible thing that can be extremely damaging. I want to make clear that I am not pro-child molestation by religious leaders or otherwise and I think that it is horrible and violent crime.

Jason Powell said...

1)Frank Miller or Alan Moore?

Alan Moore. Miller is good, but Moore is a genius, dammit! And Geoff, what'cha got against nostalgia? (P.S. Astonishing X-Men wallows in nostalgia for the 1980s X-Men. I shall never stop harping on this. Well, okay, unless you ask me to.)

2)What's your favorite live action portrayal of a comicbook character?

Earlier Geoff Klock blog entries have convinced me that Ian McKellan's Magneto is the best. I love that chess match at the end of the first X-Men movie, so I should give a shout out to Patrick Stewart's Professor X too. And hey, I guess I'll rip-off the three-way tie thing, and say that I also love Sam Elliott as General Ross in "Hulk." He just nailed that character.

3)Best Robin?

The one named Jason, cause his name is Jason. Also, I think he's the one that Alan Moore had save the day in "For the Man Who Has Everything." Which was pretty sweet. "'Almost, intelligent,' huh?"

4) Best Flash?

I like the guy who showed up on "Smallville." He's a super-squick scam artist named Bart, and I love the bit where Clark is rummaging through Bart's bags, and finds a bunch of fake IDs, and reads them aloud: "'Jay Garrick,' 'Barry Allen,' 'Wally West' ... are any of these your real name?"

5)Regular marvel or Ultimate Marvel?

Regular, definitely.

6)Favorite Movie(s)?

Rushmore is my single favorite. I just decided this today.

7)Favorite Sport(s)?

Fencing.

8)Favorite TV Shows(s)?

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist and Alias.

9)Relationship status???(I'm things to ask)

Single. But I should say my most recent girlfriend was awesome, and we only broke up for pragmatic reasons. She was so awesome that for my birthday one year she went online and found the exact model of chessboard used at the end of X-Men, and then got it for me.

10) I have never met an evil Jew. I have met many openly gay men.

Jason Powell said...

Sara -- I guess Astoria, NY?

Geoff Klock said...

Ok, we now have a real internet fight with all the attendant problems. This is not to spill into the comments sections of any other posts.

Pat: my advice here is to apologize for the appearance of equating open homosexuals (a good thing) with Evil Jews (a dangerous stereotype), and lay off talking about sexuality, race and religion around here till you can avoid mistakes like that. I think you made a mistake. If it is not a mistake, but your intention to equate the two, delete your post and pack your bags.

Jason Powell said...

Oh, I'm 29, Milwaukee, WI

Geoff Klock said...

Jason: that is a cool present.

Pat Moler said...

In response to that lil' joke question there was no comma mean met any evil jews or evil openly gay men. Not just evil jews, or Openly gay men. Get it? It was a joke.

In respoonse to Sara. I was abused in Catholic school and once there a older boy try to sexually assualt me and I went crazy and started kicking and kneeing him in the crotch tell he could no longer walk and was screaming like a lil' girl. Which, began my obsession and addiction to violent behavior through out my youth.

That's a small piece of my bizarre back story.

It was a friggin' joke btw. Damn.

Pat Moler said...

Oh and I was referring to the fact that bigots speaks of jews and openly gay people as immoral people. Yet, I've never met either that fit the bill.

It was a fuckin' joke God Damn.

Pat Moler said...

Oh and I apologize

Mitch said...

I'm 25 and live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Geoff and Saradani-- One of my best friends lives off the Ditmars stop. Great neighborhood. It's wonderful because there is actually a comic book store IN THE SUBWAY EXIT.

Troy Wilson said...

Victoria, BC, Canada, 36

craig taylor said...

First things first: I live in Australia, and this year I turn 40.

1)Frank Miller or Alan Moore?

-Grant Morrison

2)What's your favorite live action portrayal of a comicbook character?

-Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Sam Jackson as Nick Fury (hypothetical)

3)Best Robin?

-Tim Drake (Batman Animated)

4) Best Flash?

-Tie: Wally West/Prof. Zoom

5)Regular marvel or Ultimate Marvel?

-Ultimate

6)Favorite Movie(s)?

-All time: The Third Man (with Orson Welles, acting, but only), recent: The Others (Nicole Kidman), Pirates of the Carribean (Johnny Depp, et al)

7)Favorite Sport(s)?

-Honestly nope. I’m a book nerd.

8)Favorite TV Shows(s)?

-Lost, CSI, the Simpsons

9)Relationship status???

-early stages of courting.

10) Have you ever met an Evil Jew or openly gay man? because I never have, but aparently there are in abundance. haha

-Never met an “evil Jew” (unless you count Neil Gaiman), but have recieved interest from openly gay men (but, unfortunately for them, not reciprocated).

craig taylor said...

I'd just like to repsond to the comments about Grant Morrison's prose.

I have yet to read the issue under discussion, but i have read some of Morrison's prose. A small brit publisher about 7 years ago released "Lovely Biscuits" a collection of Morrison's prose. It features a couple of early Morrison Lovecraft pastiches and 1999 "I'm a Policeman", along with two plays "Red King Rising" (socratic dialogue between Alice and Lewis Carroll) and another dialogue between Aleister Crowley and Victor Neuburg (forget what it's called).

Morrison did have a prose novel - The If - in the works, but that was some years ago. When it comes to prose, I doubt that Morrison has found his own voice.

And as an aside: I gave up on warren ellis as a comic writer years ago, but I am looking fwd to his novel "crooked little vein" in July, I think. Judging from an interview given couple weeks ago on Newsarama, it has an interesting premise.

Troy Wilson said...

Craig: I totally forgot about The Others. Love that movie. For those who haven't seen it, you'd be well-advised to avoid spoilers like the plague.

Patrick said...

1)Frank Miller or Alan Moore?

-Frank Miller.

2)What's your favorite live action portrayal of a comicbook character?

-Mickey Rourke as Marv.

3)Best Robin?

-Carrie Kelley.

4) Best Flash?

-Not enough of a Flash fan to make that call.

5)Regular marvel or Ultimate Marvel?

-Regular.

6)Favorite Movie(s)?

-Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

7)Favorite Sport(s)?

-Baseball.

8)Favorite TV Shows(s)?

-Veronica Mars or Firefly.

9)Relationship status???

-Girls no like me.

I'm 26, and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

Patrick said...

Revised answer for five:

Marvel 1602.

Ultimate Matt said...

1)Frank Miller or Alan Moore?

-Alan Moore

2)What's your favorite live action portrayal of a comicbook character?

-Christian Bale as Batman and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Mckellan's Magneto is close but a touch to 50's B-Movie for me.

3)Best Robin?

-Tim Drake

4) Best Flash?

-Wally West

5)Regular marvel or Ultimate Marvel?

Regular Marvel

6)Favorite Movie(s)?

-Rocky, baby

7)Favorite Sport(s)?

-Wrestling, I guess. I've never been into sports

8)Favorite TV Shows(s)?

Family Guy, American Dad, My Name Is Earl

9)Relationship status???(I'm things to ask)

Been with my girlfriend 4 and a half years, live together, basically married in every way but the actual rings and ceremony and all those formalities.

10) Have you ever met an Evil Jew or openly gay man?

Openly gay men, yes.

scott s said...

i'm 24 and live in southern india, free from the terror of jews and gay men

Patrick said...

I'm from Michigan, 'round Detroit.

craig taylor said...

Troy: Totally. Spoiling The Others would really constitute a crime against enjoyment of the tension building in that film. But once you know, it's fun to watch it again. I know I watched it again soon after seeing it for the first time.

Matt Brady said...

I'm 27 and live in the Chicago suburbs.

1)Frank Miller or Alan Moore?

-Alan Moore. He's still doing great stuff, while Miller has (perhaps purposely) devolved into a parody of himself. But even if I was to compare their best stuff, I would pick Moore.

2)What's your favorite live action portrayal of a comicbook character?

-Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar. Or Thora Birch as Enid. For superheroes, I dunno, Michael Chiklis as the Thing?

3)Best Robin?

-Man, somebody beat me to Carrie Kelly (that's the one from Dark Knight Returns, right?)

4) Best Flash?

-Wow, I really don't have an opinion.

5)Regular marvel or Ultimate Marvel?

-616. But there's some pretty good Ultimate stuff.

6)Favorite Movie(s)?

-I always have trouble narrowing it down to one, but I'll say Brazil.

7)Favorite Sport(s)?

-I used to love basketball, but I haven't really cared about sports for several years now.

8)Favorite TV Shows(s)?

-Arrested Development, Futurama, The Simpsons (the first 10 years or so), The Wire, The Sopranos, Firefly, The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien

9)Relationship status?

-Married for nearly five years, and very very happy.

10) Have you ever met an Evil Jew or openly gay man? because I never have, but aparently there are in abundance. haha

-Since the question has been clarified, my answer is no. Thanks for clarifying though, Pat, and I understand your being perplexed that people overreacted to a joke, but your wording really didn't make that clear.

Oh, and Bone is great, but I prefer it in black and white. I haven't read the color versions completely, but I've looked through them and didn't especially like them. Not that they're bad or anything, but I simply preferred the B&W. Maybe that's because I read the B&W version first, so I had sort of colored it in my head, and it didn't quite match up to my imagination. Kind of like the disappointment you feel when the movie version of a book isn't what you imagined, although to a much lesser extent, of course. Weird.

Ultimate Matt said...

Hola Geoff,
Continuing to obnoxiously push my Blog, i did a fairly lengthy review of the new Batman on there (which I've pretentiously broken into two parts). I'd love to hear your thoughts (as well as everyone else on this board). I initially liked the issue, but the more I thought about it, my opinion kinda broke down.

Troy Wilson said...

Matt Brady: I'm with you on the whole black-and-white versus color thing. If I first encounter a comic or film or TV show in B&W, I tend to prefer it that way. But I never really color 'em in my head (unless I do it on some subconscious level that's buried so deep I'm not aware of it). It's pretty much black-and-white in and black-and-white out for me.

Matt Brady said...

Troy: I actually don't think I "color in my head" either, at least not consciously, but that was something I came up with when trying to figure out why I didn't seem to like the colored version of Bone.

sara d. reiss said...

I was going to write this earlier, but we've been sidelined for the last few days with a horrific stomach virus.

I want to apologize for my earlier comment. Saying that someone was or wishes to be molested was an unfair overreaction. My personal sensitivities to the related issues did not warrant such a vicious personal attack. I behaved immaturely and for that I am sorry.

To Jason P.: You are, of course, correct and you have won a saradani original, in Jpeg format. This one-of-a-king illustration can be used as desktop wallpaper, chat icon or print it up and make a paper airplane out of it, your choice. If you want to collect it, email G and let him know.

Dan said...

I'm 35. Live in Sydney, Australia.

1)Frank Miller or Alan Moore?

Alan Moore. Nostalgia-wallowing is fun, Geoff!

2)What's your favorite live action portrayal of a comicbook character?

Adam West as Batman. He Batusis all over the other portrayals.

3)Best Robin?

Burt Ward

4) Best Flash?

Um, Wally? I don't have strong Flash opinions, alas.

5)Regular marvel or Ultimate Marvel?

Ultimate - purely for The Ultimates.

6)Favorite Movie(s)?

Far too many to list

7)Favorite Sport(s)?

Cricket

8)Favorite TV Shows(s)?

Arrested Development, The Office, Simpsons, Seinfeld, Lost, etc.

9)Relationship status?

Married

10) Have you ever met an Evil Jew or openly gay man? because I never have, but aparently there are in abundance. haha

No evil Jews, no evil openly gay men.